Honda to enhance California proving ground in 2016

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Honda is investing US$25m in renovating the Honda Proving Center of California (HPCC) in the Mojave Desert near Cantil, California, USA. The facility, which was in operation from 1990 to 2010, is scheduled to reopen in April 2016.

The 4,255-acre warm weather test base features a 7.5-mile high speed oval track and a 4.5-mile winding road course that will be completely refurbished. The renovations will also include the addition of some new vehicle test road enhancements to the property.

“As we continue to accelerate our growth in the US market with a competitive line-up of cars and trucks designed and developed in the USA, we are reinvesting in HPCC to create a world-class test facility,” said John Mendel, executive VP of the automobile division of American Honda Motor, Co., Inc.

“Some of our most iconic vehicles proved their mettle at HPCC and we are happy to continue that tradition at this high-performance testing ground.”

HPCC is owned and will be operated by American Honda. Honda also conducts product testing and verification at the Transportation Research Center, a proving ground located in East Liberty, Ohio, USA.

December 17, 2015

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